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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
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Audi A4 Saloon

4.3 out of 5 4.3

You’re looking at the latest-generation Audi A4 Saloon. If that wasn’t immediately obvious, blame the understated, evolutionary looks that look barely different to the model it ousted. This is a deliberate ploy by Audi – the A4’s success is absolutely crucial for the firm, so why change a popular recipe? Once again it battles the excellent BMW 3... read more

PROS

  • Exquisite interior quality
  • Impressive cruising refinement
  • Efficient performance

CONS

  • Understated looks aren't exciting
  • Front-wheel drive handling a little leaden
  • Expensive to purchase outright

BMW 3-Series Saloon

4.4 out of 5 4.4

For six generations the BMW 3 Series Saloon has dominated the compact executive car market, and in this review we cover the 2012-2018 version of this extremely popular fleet and family car. Full review, all the latest news and pictures of the all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series Saloon, including all-new 330e model Find BMW 3 Series cars for sale on... read more

PROS

  • Engaging handling regardless of engine
  • Comfort isn’t spared for agility
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Performance/efficiency balance

CONS

  • Interior doesn’t feel as premium as some rivals
  • Ride can be unsettled without adaptive dampers
  • Cabin isn’t the roomiest in this segment
  • Wide range of expensive options

Lexus IS Saloon

3.8 out of 5 3.8

Now in its third generation, the Lexus IS is aimed squarely at the BMW 3 Series Saloon. Although there is a choice of seven trims as well as a pair of engines, the real sweet spot in the range is the IS 300h F Sport thanks to its blend of equipment, good looks and sharper handling. The IS as a whole doesn’t quite pass muster as a true equal to the... read more

PROS

  • Hybrid powertrain means low running costs
  • Quiet and refined drive
  • Different from the norm

CONS

  • Petrol engine not very efficient
  • Poor performance
  • Doesn’t handle as well as rivals